Abilities and choice

Watched Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secretsyesterday with the kids. I like the movies. Not as good as the books but still quite good.

I loved Dumbledore’s comment to Harry in the infirmary at the end:

Harry, it’s not your abilities that make you what you are. It’s your choices.

Harry had the ability of a dark wizard to speak parseltongue (speak with snakes). But he chose to be in Griffindor at Hogwarts.

I’m a huge believer in using our natural abilities. But I once was told, “God’s giftings cannot take you any further than your character will keep you.”

It’s far too easy to rest in our abilities. “Hey, I’m just good at that. I always have been. And I always will be.”

But it’s such a great reminder that we need to keep making good choices. Are we doing our stuff to be seen by others? That’s not a good choice. We should be excelling in ways that are seen by others. Jesus clearly states that with the parable of the talents. But he also warns us to not do things in order to be seen by others.

If we’re praying for healing for one of our co-workers, we choose to do so simply because God wants to heal. Not to be seen as “God’s man for the hour.” Jesus makes the miracle, not us. We’re just the servants.

Jesus is the one that made the water into wine. The servants just brought the wine to the master of ceremonies.

I once had it described as getting a birthday gift delivered from UPS. We don’t hug and kiss and praise the UPS driver for bringing the package. He’s just the messenger. We save our thanks and adoration for the person that sent the gift.

So may it be for us.

May we excel at our natural abilities. But may we also be ever pressing in to the One that will give us the wisdom to make good choices on an ever consistent basis.

And may we daily deliver Jesus’ miracles to the people around us!

Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman helps leaders lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. The author of "Ask Without Fear!®," he is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and FundraisingCoach.com. He's also the executive director of TheNonprofitAcademy.com and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook. To get his free ebook on 21 ways to get board members engaged with fundraising, go to http://thenonprofitacademy.com/21waysebook

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